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Biography of Martin Rigney

Martin Rigney was born in county Kings, Ireland, and came in 1851, when a young man, to this country, landing at New York City. He followed his trade as a baker in that city for three years and in 1855 came to Bloomfield, New York, where he was employed at first as a farm laborer. He bought a farm there in 1870 and conducted it the remainder of his life. He died there in 1880. His widow continued on the homestead and carried it on until her death in 1887. He married Mary McGory, also a native of county Kings, Ireland. Children : Maria, John, James, Martin, Keiran, Sarah, Edward E., mentioned elsewhere. Edward E., son of Martin Rigney, was born at West Bloomfield, New York, November 28, 1865. He worked on his father’s farm when a boy and attended the district school. He began to follow farming on his own account at the age of twenty on the homestead in partnership with his brother James. Two years later he spent a winter in Florida in the orange groves. Upon his return he purchased of his brother Martin a general store at West Bloomfield and he conducted the business very successfully for many years. He still owns an interest in this business. In May, 1893, he opened what is known as Rigney’s Department Store in the village of Holcomb, Ontario county, New York, and has built up a large and prosperous business. Since 1902 he has had a farm at Holcomb and since then he has acquired and conducts three other farms. He is a prominent Democrat. During President...

Biographical Sketch of Guy Collins

(VII) Guy, son of Cyprian (2) Collins, was born in Bloomfield, in 1804. He was a prominent citizen in East Bloomfield, owning a farm of two hundred and twenty-five acres, and was for many years an extensive dealer in cattle and in wool. He was also an auctioneer. In politics he was a Whig and in later years a Democrat, and for two years was supervisor of the town and for several years an assessor. He spent his last days in the home of his son, and died at East Bloomfield at an advanced age, August 3, 1894. He married, November 5, 1829, Maria Ellis, born in Schoharie county, died March 30, 1876. Children: Cholett, born September 22, 1830; Elizabeth, January 25, 1832, died September 19. 1882; George, mentioned elsewhere; Daniel, March 26. 1836, died December 12, 1895; Harskaline, December 16, 1839, died October 23,...

Biographical Sketch of Cyprian Collins

(VI) Cyprian (2), son of Cyprian (1) Collins, was born at Litchfield, Connecticut, November 8, 1770. He was an early settler in Bloomfield, Ontario county, New York, and died there. He was a farmer and contractor in the building of the Erie canal. He married, May 7, 1795, Huldah...

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